Been gigging for forty years (guitar). In a band with a bass player, dear friend of mine...and while he plays all the right notes and is right on time...he plays everything on his bass at the fifth and seventh frets. I mean he never plays below that, and never hits and open note. His rig is right next to mine and of course, in the position he plays, he's eating up all the midrange. I have a 100 watt Marshall and my master is past 12 o'clock and I'm three quarters up on midrange on the amp. The other guitar player is at other end of stage with a 50 watt amp at about nine o'clock and we hear him fine. To add to the problem...we have no bottom (bass) when we play. Now, my bass player buddy used to lay down a good bass in the pocket and would work up and down the neck, for dynamics but we think he's just basically gotten lazy and lives on the fifth fret. It's easy. How do we approach him about this without "hurting his feelings?" Again, he's a good bass player but he's just taking the easy way out at gigs (i.e. not working very hard). Besides the other lead guitar player and I concerned about this, but we just got a new drummer and at the first gig he asked us to turn up our guitars (all he's hearing is midrange, two guitars and a bass all playing in the same register).